Russo is your new favorite summer fling that actually sticks. The band released a debut EP earlier this summer, aptly titled House With A Pool, introducing Russo’s signature sound, which is very much influenced and informed by the music of the 80s and 90s, but is also fresh and apt for the times with lyrics and beats relatable to today’s culture. As indicated by their catalogue of songs, their artsy music videos, and energetic live performances, the band has a lot of fun, and invites the listener to do so as well.
“Lives” proceeds to mourn, advocate, and celebrate, bringing hope to the future of the global Armenian community and the descendants of the survivors of the genocide of 1915 through its presentation in an energetic music video combining the tradition of Armenian dance, tapestry, and costume with Malakian’s heavy metal tunes. The single arrives at an apt time, where Armenians not only commemorate the atrocities and injustices of the past, but also gear towards a future of higher democratic, civil, and sociopolitical standards.